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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Stone Creek........6 Quail Meadow....10 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 24 WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000IW20 Floridas Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is bigger and better this year, and the Florida Retail Federation is working to educate consumers about some important changes in tax-exempt items. The Sales Tax Holiday is this coming weekend, Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3. This year, the sales tax exemption for clothing items has been increased to $100 or less per item (up from $75 or less per item in 2013). In addition, the sales tax exemption for personal computers and certain computer-related accessories will be on the first $750 of the sales price. Retailers say that will expand the list of tax-exempt items, and they expect an average increase of at least 30 percent in store traffic over the weekend because of the sales tax holiday. (Download the FRF's one-page flier here.) FRF President and CEO Rick McAllister said that Floridas strong job numbers are a good predictor of continuing growth in retail sales. Florida created 36,900 private-sector jobs in June 2014, and the statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 is 6.2 percent, down 1.2 percentage points from the June 2013 rate of 7.4 percent. Retailers are reporting a strong trend of sales growth of between 4 and 5 percent statewide, and we expect spending to remain strong through the crucial month of August, McAllister said. Floridas economy is humming along at a nice pace, and we are very pleased to see consumer spending warming up. Consumer spending is at least 70 percent of the economy, so when retailers are doing well it usually means everyone else is doing well. In all, Florida residents are expected to save at least $40 million over the three-day holiday, which was passed unanimously by the 2014 Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. Combined spending for back to school and college is expected to reach about $5 billion in Florida, and tax-exempt sales will account for an estimated $600 million of that spending. During the tax holiday weekend, there will be no state or local sales taxes due on the first $750 of the sales price of personal computers and related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. The term personal computer includes any electronic book reader, laptop, desktop, Sales tax holiday scheduled for this weekend Please see HOLIDAY, Page 3 The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering special backto-school immunization clinics in August to help students get ready for school. Vaccines provide the best defense to protect you and your family from the spread of infectious diseases, said Jan Stepp, Immunization Clinic supervisor for the Florida Department of Health in Marion County. We want to give parents every opportunity to get their kids ready for the school year by taking advantage of our immunization services before school starts. The Department will offer free school vaccinations at the Marion County Childrens Alliance Back-to-School Bash. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW 4th Street, Ocala. In addition to school immunizations, the event includes fun and games, food, and free backpacks for school. For information on the Back to School Bash, call 352-438-5990. The Department of Health has scheduled special back-to-school immunization clinics 8 a.m. p.m. Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18 at the Departments Ocala facility, 1801 SE 32nd Ave. No appointment is needed, and the immunizations are free for those ages 18 and younger. Parents should bring their childs immunization records if they have them. New health requirements mean that children may need an additional polio vaccination before they can enter kindergarten. Children entering seventh grade require the Tdaptetanus diphtheria and acellular pertussis booster vaccine. Vaccination requirements include: Kindergarten through sixth grade: two doses of the varicella vaccine. Grades seven through 12: one dose of the varicella vaccine. Grades seven through 12: the Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) vaccine. Students entering a Florida school for the first time should have two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. For information on immunizations, call the Department at 352-629-0137, ext. 2017. Hey, kids! Time for your shots Have it your way on West 40 PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKA ribbon-cutting took place recently at the new Burger King on West State Road 40, a few blocks west of Interstate 75. Doing the cutting is Kevin Camp, franchisee along with Mac Fore, Merritt Fore III and Kristen Clifford. At left, Dawn Bowman of the Chamber and Economic Partnership, wearing a Burger King crown, checks off Ambassadors who attended, while at the right Kevin Camp is shown with, from the left, his daughters Kayla, Colbie and Callen, and his wife Kimber. BY JIM CLARK EditorThe Marion County School Board got part of what it wanted recently as it makes plans for an elementary and middle school in the distant future, but will have to acquire property that will be surrounded by the schools. The School Board wants to get a special use permit for both schools on the land in Marion Oaks. All the land is vacant except for one parcel, owned by the ODonnell family, which is squarely in the center of the land for the two schools. David Herlihy, representing the School Board, made the plea at the County Commissions zoning hearing on July 15, said the schools may be needed in 10 years and the board was trying to get ahead of the game by having sites picked out and zoned properly. Terry Thompson of the Planning and Zoning Commission, who said he was in the minority when the P&Z approved the request, talked about the one home in the middle of the parcels, with all the surrounding areas currently zoned residential. He said the ODonnells bought their house about nine years ago, and expected to be surrounded by other houses. Currently, the property sits in the undeveloped area with scenic woods all around. He accused the School Board of land Schools want land that surrounds couples retirement home Please see SCHOOLS, Page 3 For 27 years the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. It is time now to welcome new conductor, Joshua Head, to lead the group in its musical endeavors. Known for his joyful spirit, Joshua Head has swiftly become a dynamic young musician in Marion County. He moved to Ocala with his wife Sophia in 2012 and has endeavored to be a catalyst for beautiful music in Central Florida. Joshua is the Worship Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church and music teacher at Ambleside School of Ocala since 2012. He is passionate about sharing great music with the next generation, teaching composer study courses at Ambleside School and instructing a voice, trumpet, piano, and guitar studio of over 20 youth and teens. He studied vocal performance at Liberty University from 2008-2012, receiving voice instruction from Dr. Wayne Kompelien and studying choral conducting with Dr. John Hugo. Joshua sang with the Liberty University Chamber Singers for four years performing the masterworks of four centuries. He has performed with the Roanoke Symphony Chorus, Roanoke Opera, and the East Carolina University Symposium Choir. During the 2009-2011 seasons, he held major roles in operas such as The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Joshua has developed Ambleside Schools four choirs with year-round performances and conducts an annual Concert Series at Grace Church. Most recently, he was the bass soloist with the Marion Civic Chorale in Mozarts Coronation Mass. Joshua lives in Ocala, with his wife Sophia and their joy-filled daughter, River. Marion Civic Chorale introduces new conductor PHOTOBY FRANK BODOR Former conductor Matthew Bumbach passes the baton to new conductor Joshua Head Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11 2 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 16 Channel Water Resistant Digital Reprogrammable Wireless 5 Programs It Has Tinnitus Therapy Built In 2-Year Full Warranty Advanced Whistling Cancellations (No one will be able to hear your hearing aid whistle) $99500eachManufacturer price regularly $1995 This event includes : 30-Day Trial Free Hearing Test Free Video Ear Inspection Free In-Office DemonstrationAre you ready for a new era of hearing?SIEMENSIntroducing the new Orion Platform, with a screaming fast processor, forty processing channels, new compression architecture and a frequency response out to 10 kHz. OCALA EAST 352-861-22753405 SW COLLEGE RD, STE 207Colours Plaza, next to Red LobsterOCALA WEST 352-671-299911250 SW 93RD CT. RD.Next to ChilisCRYSTAL RIVER 352-794-61551122 N. 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Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. 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Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! Todays New Ads GUN & KNIFE SHOWBROOKSVILLE HSC CLUBSat. Aug. 9th 9a-5p Sun. Aug. 10th 9a-4p HERNANDO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Admission $6.00 (352) 799-3605 BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 GUN & KNIFE SHOWBROOKSVILLE HSC CLUBSat. Aug. 9th 9a-5p Sun. 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ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! willingly sell their dream house of the future. This is not the way for county commissioners or School Board members to make friends, which is surprising with elections just around the bend. You might ask, Why should I care? I live miles away from there. Well, if the county decides to build a road in your area, or build a school right near your property, it could happen to you. So yes, you should care. So well have to wait and see what happens. Meanwhile, maybe at one of these county or school meetings, Robin Hood will come riding up to protect the little guy. If you know the story, you know what happened to Prince John at the end (he was banished from England). Could that result happen here in Marion County?Jim Clrk is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARKCONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 onso.com, clicking on the CodeRED logo then entering their contact information. At sign up, you may select which types of warnings youd like to receive. Entering your information will also update our Emergency Notification System with your current contact details. There is no charge to register for this service and you can enter more than one phone number. If you know of anyone who did not receive this call who lives in Marion County, please encourage them to visit our website and get signed up. Should you not have Internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help add your contact information to our system. Sheriff Chris Blair Marion County SHERIFFCONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 This weeks puzzle answers Look up the meaning of friend in a good dictionary and you might see something with which you can identify. If you can, then you are a very blessed individual. I worked so many hours per week for so many years that I did not have the time to put into developing friendships. I had critical issues to deal with and that was my focus. Now that I am retired, (does that mean tired again?) I have found that I do have many more friends than I ever imagined. Having friends does require being a friend to others and sometimes that is difficult to do for myriad reasons. I love doing things to make others happy, but often I get burned out being a friend when there is little reciprocity. Almost like the so-called friend is saying, Well, you enjoy doing things for others, dont you? What would you want or need in return? Get over it! I have come to the conclusion that there are plenty of really friendly people for whom I can be a friend and do things for them without worrying about carrying the load for those who are the good time friends. That being said (and perhaps misinterpreted or misunderstood by some readers) I found friends coming to my assistance this past week, and I was amazed at how good that felt. Being a single lady (equal emphasis on both words) can be quite lonely at times. My first indoor canine friend, Baby Bear, has filled a huge void in my life so have friends here in the FFV community. My professional educators life came to a conclusion in February of 1996. I am still amazed that it has been over 18 years, when it seems like just yesterday that I walked out the double doors of Model High School in Rome, Georgia, after having taught and coached there Friendship in Fairfield Good friends, Pam Bruno, left, and Nancy Puglisi chat as they see each other on SW 60th Place late on Friday afternoon. Regardless of how often friends have a chance to talk, it seems almost like it was just yesterday when busy friends do get a chance to "catch up." Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 5

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thousands of unaccompanied children that age up through Mexico and into the United States. They doubted that, even the Cartels would undertake that chore at any price (Former Border Patrol Agents: Illegal Immigration Crisis Contrived, The New American, July 7, 2014, p. 7). No, there has to be collusion between at least the Mexican and American governments, they reasoned. This operation is way too big for children to plan and execute and the establishment media should be all over those who are. Lets begin with, most come from El Salvador and Honduras. Their migration to the United States would require their exiting their countries border and entering and exiting both Guatemala and Mexico before entering the United Statespotentially six check points. When a child appears without an escort adults notice and everyone teams up to return him to his place. Why did not the governments of these countries stop, detain, and return these children long before they got to this country? There has to exist organized collusion on the part of these governmentsthey do not just allow anyone to cross their borders. The nightly news now speaks of children who died making the 1500mile excursion or failed in their effort to cross the Rio Grande River. Our hearts are heavy. This is mega child abuse, as is gang child rape along the way, and American perpetrators should be flushed out, convicted, and serve prison time. Those who surrender to border patrol agents speak of the belief spread in their countries that America welcomes children. Congress must have hearings on this most unlikely child invasion of the United States. Americans who may have intentionally perpetrated this falsehood, with the intent to weaken border security, should also be identified and prosecuted. Then too, those holding high office found to have intentionally encouraged this myth by not enforcing existing law must be turned out of office even if it is a president of the United States.Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit www.LibertyUnderFire.o rg. handheld, tablet, or tower computer, but does not include cellphones, video game consoles, digital media receivers, or devices that are not primarily designed to process data. The term related accessories includes keyboards, mice, personal digital assistants, monitors (except those with TV tuners), modems, routers, and nonrecreational software. Clothing and shoes up to $100 will be tax exempt, along with school supplies up to $15. That includes pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue or paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators. According to the National Retail Federations 2014 Back-to-School Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from $634.78 last year. A study by The Washington Economics Group (WEG) that examined the impact of the back-toschool sales tax holiday confirmed that increased spending during the three-day period in 2010 generated $115 million more in taxable sales, and $293 million more in overall sales. That generated an additional $7 million in revenue to the state of Florida. 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However, Stan McClain said Theres a real need here, and said it was not land banking. Kathy Bryant commented, Growth is going to come to that area we have to plan. Finally the commissioners agreed on a special use permit south of the ODonnell property, which would allow construction on an elementary school to begin any time, but said that north of that home could only begin if the School Board acquires the property, whether by purchase or eminent domain. SCHOOLSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 PEASECONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Ithink I am in a rut. No matter how hard I work, I do not seem to be getting any further along in life. Could it be that somewhere in my past, I peaked and did not realize it? If so, I wish I knew about it so at least I could have the consolation that I have peaked. This week I celebrate another birthday. This is a rut I am talking about. After all, I celebrate my birthday every year on the same day. The only reason I celebrate it on that day is because my mother said that was the day I was born. What if she lied about my birthday? After all, there is that issue with Santa Claus! I cannot prove one way or the other that I was born on a particular day because knowing what I do know now it is very easy to manipulate paperwork and birth certificates. It might be old age, but I just do not trust anybody about anything these days. I do not even trust myself. In the early days of my life, my parents told a few things that have proven not exactly true. I would not say they were lying to me they were just protecting me from the gruesomeness of truth. I mentioned Santa Claus. The thing that irks me about Santa Claus is that now that I am older and have children and grandchildren I am supposed to be Santa Claus. Who in the world made up that rule? Then there is the whole issue about the tooth fairy. It took me a long time to figure out that the tooth fairy did not really exist. Several times I extracted teeth ahead of time in order to get some cash from the tooth fairy. I frequently questioned why the tooth fairy was so stingy with his giving until I figured out that the tooth fairy was none other than my father, known for his closed cash policy. Growing up in Pennsylvania one of the big factors had to do with Punxsutawney Phil. It took me a long time to figure out that that little rodent was not who my parents said he was. If he was who they said he was, he sure was not very good at predicting the future. A lot of things my parents told me turned out not to be true, so why should I put a lot of stock in believing that my birthday is the exact day I was born? According to them, I get to celebrate my birthday one day out of the year and a specific day that I believe they picked out. Now what I want to know is, why can I pick my own birthday? After all, it is MY birthday! While I am on that subject, why cant I celebrate my birthday whenever I want to, why cant I celebrate my birthday every month? After all, nobody gets tired of eating birthday cake. Now that I am older (I am not quite sure how old I really am because I am not sure my parents were exactly forthcoming in telling me the year I was born) what am I supposed to do? Personally, I would like to establish a set of rules associated with my birthday. I do not care what other people do about their birthday, it is my birthday and I should be able to set the rules. I think the first rule I would establish is, there should be no surprise birthday parties. If it is my birthday, I know when it is. If it is my birthday, I should be in charge of planning the party. After all, I know what I would like. Who in the world started putting birthday candles on a birthday cake. I have been to several birthday parties and watched the birthday boy blow out those candles. After seeing him blow out those candles, I had no desire to eat the cake subjected to his spitladen breath. After all, germs and I are not amigos. Do not let this get around, but when there are candles on my birthday cake, I make sure my tongue is well lubricated before I start blowing out those candles. After all, I love to share. Another rule I would like to put in place has to do with birthday presents. It seems quite hypocritical for somebody to go out and buy a birthday present, wrap it up in fancy birthday wrapping paper and then bring it to me so that I can unwrap that paper to get to the birthday present. If I am going to have birthday presents I think I should be the one to buy those presents. Everybody who wants me to celebrate my birthday could slip me a fiver and let me go out and buy what I really want. Nobody knows what I want better than I do. Finally, I think if it is my birthday and I am celebrating it, I should get to pick what year I am celebrating. Good old King Solomon had it right when he wrote, The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head (Proverbs 20:29). You are only young once but you can be old for a very long time. I am learning to live with it.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net or website www.jamessnyderministries.com. Now Im a year older, but not that much smarter Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder Have A Heart for Companion Animals, Inc. is bringing its Johnny Mello Singers to the Spruce Creek Pasta-Fest on Sunday, Aug. 10. The event will be held in the Spruce Creek Community Center, SE 176th Street off U.S. Highway 441 in Summerfield. The doors will open for dinner at 5 p.m. Showtime is 68 p.m. Performers include: Johnny Mello, Sultry Lady, Doo Wop Mama, David Max Baldwin, T-Man, Eulakay Green, and Uncle Pepe all local recording artists. The fundraiser will involve seven singers in a two-hour performance preceded by a delicious Italian meal pasta, signature sauce and salad provided by Past-Faire Restaurant; meatballs, sponsored by Audibel Hearing Centers and bread, tea and lemonade and all the trimmings provided by the Spruce Creek Social Club. The event is also a BYOB for those who desire different beverages. The Johnny Mello singers will provide the entertainment in a fast paced Doo Wop, Country and Rock N Roll Show and Dance. There will also be door prizes, a 50/50 cash drawing, line dancing and more. Tickets are $15 per person or 2 fro $25. They can be obtained online at www.haveaheart.us, all Audibel Hearing Centers and The Rainbow Bible and Book Store in Belleview or by calling Have A Heart for Companion Animals Inc. at 352-687-1776. Net Proceeds benefit Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc. (a 501 c-3 not for profit animal concern organization). Ticket holders are encouraged to bring a bag of dry dog or cat food as a donation for local rescue groups. The Pasta-Fest Fundraiser is sponsored by the Spruce Creek Social Club, Pasta-Faire Restaurant, Marinelli Marketing Services and Audibel Hearing Centers. For further information, tickets or directions, call John Marinelli at 352-6871776 Event set to benefit companion animals Are you enjoying this summer? It seems strange not to be planning community activities for August. However, it is nice to have a break. The social committee works very hard planning interesting activities for us this is all provided by volunteers! If you would like to be a part of this group, we would love to have you. The next social committee meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. Dont forget the invitation from Barbara Fife to attend the reception on Friday, Aug. 8, between 5 and 7 p.m. at Gallery East in the Almeida Plaza on Highway 441 in Belleview. Barbara is the Guest Artist exhibiting at Gallery East Aug. 1 to Aug. 31. She will have about 20 of her watercolors in this show. Lets support Barbara and make an effort to attend this reception. Ladies come one, come all! The August Ladies Luncheon is on Friday, the 8th, at Blancas Caf located in Ocala Palms. Please call Maryanne Ellner for reservations. Ladies, how would you like to take part in a Four Seasons Fall & Holiday exchange? Plans are in the works for this event. It will take place at the clubhouse on Sept. 27. Proceeds from this event will benefit Hospice. Watch for more information in the QM Reporter and this article. Have you received a call from the Marion County Sheriffs office about the CodeRed alert program? You can go on line at marionso.com, select CodeRed to register. Once you are registered you will automatically be notified of any weather alerts for our area. Did you know that the Greyhound Bus Company got its start 100 years ago? It got its beginning on May 21, 1914, when a single Hupmobile automobile transported iron miners from Hibbing, Minnesota to Alice, Minnesota. The cost for the round-trip was 25 cents! Have any of you ever heard of the Hupmobile? I have a picture of my Dad with his. I wonder what transportation will be like in another hundred years. Remember, if you need to cool off, the pool at the clubhouse is waiting for you. Invitation to Gallary East for reception this Friday Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Medicare celebrates 49 years BY DOUG HEINLEN This month marks Medicares anniversary, and for more than 50 million beneficiaries nationwide, that truly is something to celebrate. Medicare turns 49 on July 30, and like many Americans 50+, an AARP membership card is waiting in the mailbox. At any age, change is constant and this applies to Medicare, too. AARPs Health Law Guide can help you stay on top of the most recent changes to your Medicare benefits. The guide can also create a personalized report that can help you determine how any possible changes may affect you and your family. If youre uninsured, your report will identify coverage you may be eligible to receive. Visit www.aarp.org/healthlawguide for your full personalized report. In the meantime, here are some Medicare facts to celebrate: 1.Medicare covers most health costs after 65, but it doesnt cover everything. Its always a good idea to consider what additional coverage you may need. One point of uncertainty is worth clearing up: Nothing in the Affordable Care Act requires Floridians covered by Medicare to purchase additional health insurance. Medicare coverage meets the legal requirement that most Americans have health insurance. 2.If you reach the Medicare Part D doughnut hole the threshold at which you are responsible for a higher portion of your drug costsyou get a 52.5 percent discount on brand name drugs, and a 28 percent discount on generic drugs. With time the discounts will increase as the doughnut hole disappears in six years. 3.Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to free preventative care services such as mammograms, flu shots, screens for cancer and diabetes, as well as annual wellness visits. 4.Floridians 65+ are able to use supplemental plans, often termed Medigap plans, to cover difference between what Medicare pays and what their actual medical expenses may be. Medigap may also be used to cover annual co-pays and deductibles. You also have another alternative so-called all in one or Medicare Advantage plans provided by private insurers. Investigate which alternative makes sense for you. But remember inexpensive insurance can be no bargain if it fails to protect you against very high health costs. 5.Under the health care law, Medicare beneficiaries have more protection against fraud and scams. The law strengthens Medicare by adding more resources to catch those who fraudulently bill Medicare. For more information about Medicare or to find out how Medicare can best serve you, visit www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insuranceDoug Heinlen is AARP Floridas volunteer state president. The shelter cats at Marion County Animal Services announce that the special $5 cat adoption fee is now extended through Aug. 2. Because the Animal Center was closed for its three-day pre-scheduled quarterly cleaning and maintenance in late July, department leadership wanted to give residents a few more days to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Summer and bring home a feline friend for a reduced adoption fee. The $5 adoption fee includes the cats spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccine, county license and microchip, in addition to lifelong friendship. The Animal Center at 5701 SE 66th St. is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., but residents can view adoptable pets online anytime at www.MarionCountyFL.org/animal. For more information on MCAS Adopt a Shelter Cat Summer, call 352671-8700 or email animalservices@marioncountyfl.org. Animal Services encourages residents to spay and neuter their cats and dogs to help reduce pet overpopulation and ensure more shelter animals can find homes. Residents can visit www.MarionCountyFL.org/animal for information on Animal Services Neuter Commuter program and other local pet sterilization resources. You can adopt a cat for only $5

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Saturday, Aug. 2 Yoga in Sholom ParkCome and enjoy the Peace Park with a beautiful yoga class at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. For more information, call Ingrid at 352-854-7950.Chess club to meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 873-2276.Thursday, Aug. 7 WOW Singles to meetWOW Singles will meet at the following locations. There are no dues. Please call after 10 a.m.: 861-9487 or 237-5842. Thursday, Aug. 7, 12:30 p.m., Ruby Tuesday, 3500 College Road. Thursday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m., The Mojo Grill, 2013 SW 17th St., in front of Target.Clothing for families in needThe Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will be giving out free new and gently used childrens clothing to families in need at their annual Clothe the Children drive on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church pavilion, 7525 U.S. Hwy. 41 in Dunnellon. For more information, call 489-5954.Saturday, Aug. 9 School open house at HopeHope Evangelical Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Back-to-School Open House on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. School children and their parents are encouraged to drop by for hot dogs, soft drinks, etc. Some free school supplies will be available. Call 4895511 for more information. Book sale for animal food bankA book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at Winn-Dixie, 8445 SW Highway 200, Ocala. They are not accepting books until fall. Bring your aluminum cans. For information, call 352-291-1962.Sunday, Aug. 10 German Americans plan celebrationThe German American Club of Marion County will hold an anniversary dinner/dance on Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and includes pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Joan & Jess. Semi-formal attire is requested. Tickets are $16 per member or $20 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.Lola and the Saints in benefit concertThe TLC Time Capsule is set to transport you and your friends back in time to the golden era of the 50s and 60s. Lola and the Saints will perform a concert at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, 3733 Southwest 80th Avenue, Ocala, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.tlcocala.org under the Donate button. Proceeds from this concert will support the programs and dream of Transitions Life Center to benefit adults with special needs who have aged out of the ESE programs within the public school system. Please contact Ginger Broslat at 352-861-0252 or ginger@tlcocala.org.Free Living Healthy workshopDo you want to take control of your chronic illness? This workshop series takes place once a week, for two and a half hours, for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Created by Stanford University, the seminars cover the following: 1) techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, and 6) how to evaluate new treatments. Class size is limited to 16 people. The first class is 9:30-noon on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The class takes place at the Ocala Health Senior Wellness Community Center (9850 SW 84th Court Suite 500, Ocala). To enroll in this class and begin improving your quality of life, call 1800-530-1188. Saturday, Aug. 16 Tribute Quartet appearsNationally known Tribute Quartet is one of the countrys most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of gospel music. Their vision is to preserve the heritage and promote the future of Southern Gospel Music. Accumulated honors include radio hits and awards such as Group of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the year. This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. It beings at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR200), Ocala. For information, 352-861-6182, or www.ccomc.org.Monday, Aug. 18 Unarmed Security Officer courseThe College of Central Florida Criminal Justice Institute is accepting enrollment for its Class D Unarmed Security Officer course. The state-approved course meets the 40-hour education requirement for unarmed security officers. The class will meet from 6-10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 29, in Building 31 at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The fee is $140 and includes all training material. All class time must be attended. Registration will be accepted until the first day of class or all seats have been filled. For more information or to register, contact Pat Kalfs at 352-873-5838, ext.1569, or James Charles at ext. 1431. To learn more about CF, visit CF.edu.Wednesday, Aug. 20 Womans Club membership driveThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will hold a fall Membership Social and Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. All club members are invited and welcome to bring friends and prospective members to the event. The Liitle Women Juniorettes of Ocala will be participating also. Both clubs are members of the General Federation of Womens Clubs headquartered in Washington, D. C. The GFWC is an international organization whose members are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. All women in the area are welcome. For further information, contact President Patti Stewart at 351-2708 or Frances Kolonia at 629-7397. Tuesday, Sept. 23 Candidates invited to forumThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will conduct a Candidates Forum for candidates in the November elections on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Meeting Room C from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Evelyn B. Kelly will serve as moderator. Candidates for the Marion County Commission, the Marion County School Board, and the Florida House of Representatives are invited to participate. For further information contact Frances at 352-629-7397 or email: ocaladowns@yahoo.com. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8 4 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000IU4Y Experience: Financial background & construction process www.votejanemoerlieforschoolboard.com (352) 216-8865 | jane.moerlie@gmail.com Primary Election: August 26, 2014 Early Voting: August 16-23, 2014 000IHUS 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, RectorServices: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary 352-351-9727 www.ctkaocala.orgAnglican Church 000I9PL is discovered through worshiping together 711187 The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATIONOffice (352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 489-6593 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 EditorJim Clark 390-6444 Circulation Barbara Jaggers 854-3986 Inside Sales/Office Coord. -Michel Northsea 854-3986 Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean 352-564-2957 Advertising Sales Paige Lefkowitz 352-564-2902 Manager John Murphy 352-563-6363 Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger.Call editor Jim Clark at 352-390-6444 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Thursday the week before publication. Mail and photos must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday A RIES (March 21 to April 19) Technology snafus tax your patience. But before you throw that computer or other bulky hardware into the trash, take a deep breath and call someone knowledgeable for help. TAU R US (April 20 to May 20) Dont be too upset if your generosity goes unappreciated. These things happen, and rather than brood over it, move on. A new friend could open up some exciting new possibilities. G EMINI (May 21 to June 20) A loved one helps you get through an especially difficult emotional situation. Spend the weekend immersed in the body and soul restorative powers of music and the other arts. CA NC ER (June 21 to July 22) You are pretty much in charge of what you want to do this week. However, it might be a good idea to keep an open mind regarding suggestions from people you know you can trust. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Another chance to shine (something always dear to the Lions heart) might be resented by others. But you earned it, so enjoy it. The weekend brings news about a family member. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A suggestion that never took off could become viable again. Dust it off, update if needed, and resubmit it. In your personal life, a new relationship takes an interesting turn. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Confronting a new challenge to your stated position could work to your advantage by settling all doubts once youre able to present a solid defense backed up by equally solid facts. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You enjoy doing nice things for others. But this is a good time to do something nice for yourself as well. You might want to start by planning a super-special getaway weekend. SAGI TTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Some changes you feel you need to make might be reasonable and appropriate. But others might lead to problems. Think things through carefully before you act. CAP RICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Good instincts usually keep the surefooted Goat on the right path. What others might see as stubbornness on your part, in fact reflects your good sense of what is worth supporting. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) A period of introspection could lead to some surprising conclusions and also equally surprising changes involving a number of your positions on many issues. PI SCE S (Feb. 19 to March 20) The financially practical Pisces might want to take a sensible approach to spending as well as investing. Being prudent now pays off later. Happenings Open house week at The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa Were excited to invite you for a week of fun at The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa Open House running now through Saturday, Aug. 2. The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa has completed a significant expansion project which yielded additional fitness rooms, expanded locker rooms and much more to the facility. With the additional space you can take advantage of an extended group fitness menu or work out on our spacious fitness floor with upgraded equipment. Plus, the re-designed salon space and treatment areas will provide you with the ultimate lavish spa experience that you deserve. Now is the time to check out Ocalas Ultimate Fitness Center and Spa and see all the great new improvements the facility has to offer. The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa open house is free and open to the public. Come and see the facilitys additional fitness rooms, expanded locker rooms and more service stations in the spa and salon. The Ranch is open daily and is a full service fitness facility, salon and spa located at 8385 SW 80th St., Ocala, near the OTOW Cultural Center. For more information on activities and fitness membership, visit our web site at www.TheRanchFitnessSpa.com or call (352) 861-8180.

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More than 700 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Jim Mikula, administrator of Pacifica Senior Living Ocala, as he was honored as the 2014 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented to Mikula during FHCA's Annual Conference in Orlando, is the highest honor given to ALF administrators in Florida's long term care profession. Jim Mikula has worked in long term care facilities for more than 30 years. He is a role model for the culture change movement, a name commonly given to the national movement to transform older adult services so they are based on person-directed values and practices. Under his leadership, Pacifica Senior Living has instituted everything from consistent assignment to open dining schedules to resident choice for medication times. "FHCA is pleased to honor Jim Mikula with this prestigious award," said FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed. "He is a role model, a change agent and a relentless advocate for top quality care at the local and statewide levels. In so many ways, he truly embodies the best of our profession and is tremendously deserving of this award." The Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Administrator of the Year Award is given annually by Florida Health Care Association to an ALF administrator of an FHCA-member facility with demonstrated service to the Association, along with significant and measurable achievements in overall facility administration, workforce innovation, survey record and implementation of quality improvement programs. By creating an atmosphere where residents can live life to the fullest, Mikula has fostered greater success for Pacifica Senior Living Ocala. Occupancy has increased from 55 to 98 percent, staff turnover has been reduced by 75 percent, and for two years in a row the facility has been voted "Readers Choice" by the South Marion Citizen newspaper. His focus on quality care also led the facility to achieve the best ranking possible a deficiency-free survey reflecting a perfect score in the latest health care inspection conducted by the state Agency for Health Care Administration. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5 8 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Mon. 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In a recent case of animal cruelty charges, the outside temperature was 95 degrees and the dog had been in the vehicle for close to 45 minutes, according to a deputys report. While the owner had the windows rolled down half way, by then the temperature in the car would have been upwards of 130 degrees. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), animals can die from heatstroke in 15 minutes. Dogs are especially susceptible as they can only cool themselves by panting or sweating through their paws. Owners do have the right to travel with their pets but should take the necessary precautions so they do not need to leave them in a hot car without water for any longer than five minutes. The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the temperature inside a vehicle will rise 19 degrees in the first 10 minutes, regardless if the windows are rolled down. If you see a pet that has been left in the car for longer than 10 minutes, contact law enforcement immediately. Pet ownership is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Driving a pet around town while you perform errands is not a good time for the pet and could harm them. Think twice before making that choice, you are likely doing it for your own satisfaction and not the pets. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Children from Central America invade U.S. Really?BY HAROLD PEASE, PH. DSometimes the gullibility of Americans is beyond description. When the story broke last month that thousands of children, reportedly up from 6,000 in 2011 to 54,000 so far in 2014, have crossed killer deserts, cartel infested drug territories, and in most instances more than one country, I knew a con game was in the making. I could not get my kids, of which I had seven, to clean their bedrooms. Had my preteens been begged, beaten, or bribed with a million dollars to leave their home and walk to Guatemala it would have never happened. It is most unlikely that they would have known which direction to go and would have been lost three hours out. Nor would 99 percent of parents allow their children to do so. Most parents would run in front of a car to save their child, not hand them over to the dangers of hostile environments or potential sexual perverts to get them to America. This definitely did not and does not pass the smell test. There is much more to this story. There must exist massive organization and funding behind the scenes. Herding children is an abusive activity, ask any elementary school teacher, and drug cartels could not possibly be up to the task of changing diapers on the trail. Actually crossing the high border fences confronted with scary gun toting border guards and flashing twirling lights, without serious adult assistance is not kids play either. I was shocked at how many news organizations took this invasion at face value. There is an American organization or at least American money conspiring somewhere to bring this on in a deliberate attempt to weaken our southern border. It would not just happen naturally in a thousand years. It is not just that gangs roam the streets of Central America making kids want to run to America, nor is it likely that President Barack Obama alone convinced so many to flood our border, there is much more to this story. So newsmakers do not be so gullible, please get the story behind the story. I am not alone in my gut feelings that kids could not do this by themselves; the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers recently released a statement decrying this child invasion as a humanitarian crisis. They wrote: It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor Illegal Alien children at risk for purely political purposes. They then blamed the government for aiding and abating the crisis. Certainly, we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States Government. Moreover, they continued, Anyone that has taken two six to seven year old children to an amusement park can only imagine the problems associated with bringing Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Back in the days of merry old England, the mythical Robin Hood used to ride around trying to fix the wrongs of Prince Johns excessive taxes and land grabs. The story is based around his belief that hard-working people should be able to keep what they earn. The use of eminent domain has never been one of my favorite features of government in America. For those not familiar with the term, it means that government can take a persons property, giving them fair market value, when it would serve the common good. The usually involves the building of a road or highway or construction of a community center in an already populated neighborhood. Taking someones property, even though they are compensated, for the common good is something I would expect from dictatorships (although they usually dont compensate the invididuals). Thats why it was disappointing to see the actions of the County Commission on behalf of the Marion County School Board at a recent zoning meeting. The School Board, under the guise of planning for the future, found some land in Marion Oaks that it deemed fit for an elementary school and a middle school. But theres one problem. The land, composed of dozens of individual lots, is vacant, except for one parcel right in the middle. Nine years ago a retired couple moved to Marion Oaks and built a house on that tract of land. As one person put it at the meeting, they planned to live their golden years in that house, surrounded at the moment by nature but knowing that development could evenWill Robin Hood ride into Marion Oaks? Among Friends Jim Clark tually surround that lot. But along comes the School Board, requesting a special use permit to build an elementary school south of these folks and a middle school to their north. The Board says it will eventually either purchase that one tract or use eminent domain to grab it. A member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, who voted against the project, called it land banking. The county went along with the school plan, partially, by granting the special use permit for the elementary school site, and delaying action on the middle school site to allow the School Board to obtain the one parcel. What the county should have said was, Find another site. Were here to protect the little guy, not another government agency. Of course, that didnt happen. So even though the schools probably wouldnt be built for at least 10 years, the School Board can go ahead and try to get this parcel. The School Board is banking on the fact that Marion Oaks is going to grow to have a need for these schools. To be honest, Im not so sure of that. But that wont matter to these retirees, who may be forced out of their home if they dont Please see PEASE Page 10 Please see SHERIFF, Page 11 Please see CLARK, Page 11 Message from sheriffThis is Sheriff Chris Blair with an important message for all residents and businesses in Marion County. We have recently upgraded our CodeRED Emergency Notification System to include Weather Warning, an automatic severe weather notification service to alert citizens and businesses in the path of severe thunderstorms, flash floods and tornados. Citizens must register to receive these warnings by going to the Marion County Sheriffs website, at www.marifor 30-plus years. I began my career there and concluded my secondary educators time at the same school. When one has the best job possible, one would be foolish to leave that position so I stayed. I am so glad that I did because of the authentic friendships that I treasure even as much as 50 years later and 450 miles apart Now, many of my most treasured friends are former students from those years. I dont have many teacher friends on Facebook, but I have an astounding number of student friends. They help me every day because they are such generous, intelligent, and respected experts in their chosen careers. I now feel a bit like they are my teachers of their expertise, and I love that feeling. Consider using this time, as you read and look at the photos, to think about your many friends. Friends are huge blessings in our lives. The accompanying photos show some examples of Fairfield Village friendships amazing ones, actually From the lively place filled with lovely people why not phone a friend that you have not seen for some time and tell him/her just how much your friendship means. You and the friend(s) will be blessed. FAIRFIELDCONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 One of my best friends is my 21-year-old granddaughter, Emily Esposito. Now that she is an adult, the unconditional love is paired with genuine friendship and reciprocal respect. What a blessing! "He loves me; he loves me not." Or "she loves me; she loves not." Remember when we tore beautiful flowers apart one petal at a time to see if our new sweetheart really did care about us? Did the once beautiful petaled flower ever give us the answer we sought? Maybe; maybe not. Yorkiepoo, Lucy Lou, helps to set up a little surprise Mini-Birthday for one of her two family members. Pa ( Angelo Puglisi ) observed his belated birthday with some little gag gifts and a cute doggie birthday card from a couple of neighbors. Now 10 years old, Lucy Lou is Nancy and Angelo's special baby. What a loving member of the family she has always been to the FFV couple from New England -specifically Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The love of a faithful canine ... so devoted. An unexpected gift of beautiful flowers cut from a friend's garden and delivered "...for no special reason ... I just thought you would like them..." makes one feel so blessed. The multicolored natural bouquet is a truly lovely gesture of a unique friendship that makes a dreary Friday afternoon seem like glorious Sunday morning. Thank you, F.G. What more love and friendship could one want than a happy little puppy anticipating a walk or a ride in the golf cart? He knows to get his lead and then it's off for fun with human and canine friends! I adore my Baby Bear! He is the epitome of unconditional love in my life for the past 17 months. Much more fun and less expense than a psychiatrist or therapist, right? Quiet Oaks administrator honored Read the classifieds

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7 6 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ILN8 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000ITWC Judith Is Here 854-653 1 Walk-Ins W elcome 61 60 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Ja smine Plaza FOURTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE Come See Judith Pierro 000IMJX R&L Auto Detailing Call for Appt. 875-6484 6895 SW Hwy. 200 4 Miles West of I-75 ... because your car deserves better. Reg. $ 39 95 SUMMER SPECIAL: HAND WASH & WAX WORLD CLASS SERVICE SINCE Includes Windows, Vacuum Carpets, Wheel Treatment, Tire Shine & Door Jams FREE LOVEBUG REMOVAL! SUVs/PICKUPs $10 FAMILY FEATURES Here comes the sun and the fun of dining al fresco. When it comes to summer fare, familiar favorites are always welcome, such as burgers on the grill, sandwiches, salad, lemonade and dessert. But if the tried-and-true choices are getting a little too familiar, maybe they need a makeover. New al fresco favoritesThese deliciously doable ideas start with time-saving, quality prepared products, such as Aunt Nellies jarred vegetables and READ classic bean salads, that provide real homemade flavors. Heres how: Elevate burgers from basic to sensational with a dollop of Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon Jam, made with sweet-and-sour red cabbage, sauteed onions and smoky bacon. Need a new sandwich inspiration? Mediterranean Bean & Pita-Wiches are a combination of 3 or 4 bean salad, vegetables, olives and feta cheese stuffed into whole grain pita pockets.Trade the traditional greens or potato salad for Herbed Beet & Tomato Salad, an updated combo of colorful sweet-tangy pickled beets, gardenfresh yellow tomatoes and herb vinaigrette. Whats for dessert? Try Fudgy Beet Brownies, which are made with Harvard beets to keep them extra moist and yummy.Lemonade is always a welcome thirst quencher, especially if its pink. Heres the simple secret: Just stir pickled beet liquid into prepared lemonade its pink in a wink. Cheers to a new twist on favorite al fresco fare. For additional recipes and serving suggestions, visit www.auntnellies.com and www.readsalads.com. Mediterranean Bean & Pita-WichesPrep time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 1/2 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach 1/4 cup sliced celery 1/4 cup sliced pitted black or Kalamata olives 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or basil 6 whole grain pita pocket halves Dressing: 2 tablespoons reserved bean liquid 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 clove garlic, minced Black pepper, coarsely ground Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid. In large bowl, toss together bean salad and next six ingredients. For dressing, whisk ingredients together. Add dressing to bean mixture; toss. Fill pita pocket halves with bean mixture. Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon JamPrep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellies Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage 1/4 pound bacon (thick cut or regular) 1 large yellow onion (about 8 ounces) 2 tablespoons granulated or brown sugar 2 tablespoons white balsamic or white wine vinegar 1 tablespoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste) Green onion or parsley (optional) Drain cabbage; reserve liquid. Cut bacon into pieces (about 1/4 inch). Cook in large skillet over medium to medium-low heat until browned and crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate; reserve. Measure 2 table spoons drippings and return to skillet. Discard remaining drippings. Meanwhile,cutonionlengthwiseinquarters.Cut crosswiseintoverythinslices(about1/8inchthick). Heat bacon drippings over medium-low heat until hot. Add onion slices, reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes or until onions begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in sugar, vinegar, thyme, peppers, bacon and 1/2 cup reserved liquid. Add cabbage and continue cooking over medium-low to low heat 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and mix ture is very soft and thick, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onion or chopped parsley before serving, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature as topping for burgers or crostini, as sandwich spread, condiment for meats or tossed with pasta.Flavorful al fresco dining ideasFudgy Beet Brownies Mediterranean Bean & Pita-Wiches, Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon Jam, and Herbed Beet & Tomato Salad Pink Lemonade Pink LemonadeMakes: 2 quarts Add 2 to 4 tablespoons pickled beet liquid to 2 quarts prepared lemonade; stir. For deeper pink color add additional beet liquid.Herbed Beet & Tomato SaladPrep time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellies Sliced Pickled Beets 2 medium yellow tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil 1/4 cup white wine or rice vinegar 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, parsley, basil, oregano or chives) 1 clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper Drain beets well.* Cut beets in half. Cut tomato slices into quarters. Forvinaigrette,whisktogether oil, vinegar, herbs and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place tomatoes in large bowl. Toss with dressing. Gently toss in beets. Serve immediately or chill. *Reserve liquid for pink lemon ade, if desired.Fudgy Beet BrowniesPrep time: 15 minutes Cook time: Per package directions Servings: 24 brownies 1 jar (15.5 ounces) Aunt Nellies Harvard Beets, not drained 1 box dark or milk chocolate brownie mix (for 13-by-9-inch pan)* 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks Confectioners sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray bottom of 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place beets in blender or food processor. Puree until smooth; set aside. Combine brownie mix, oil, eggs and pureed beets in large mixing bowl; stir until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake as directed on package, checking after shortest recom mended baking time. Remove from oven; cool. Lightly dust with confectioners sugar, if desired. *Note: Packagesizesmayvary accord ing to brand. Stone Creek residents were given the opportunity to learn something new or to refresh what they knew about life saving procedures. Recently, Shad Kirshenbaum, who is a certified firefighter/paramedic since 1998, gave a class on CPR. Shad also has an AA and AS degree in EMS training. He is a certified First Aid, BLS CPR, ACLS, and PALS instructor. He has taught EMT and Paramedic classes at various colleges since 2005. Knowing CPR can mean the difference in ones life. It is important to know CPR because the minutes between a persons heart stopping and arrival of emergency personnel are crucial and being able to administer CPR during that time can be the difference between life and death of a loved one or friend. According to Spa Director, Judy Heflin, It is fantastic that so many Stone Creek residents recognize the importance of this skill and have taken advantage of the wonderful training we offer with Shad. More than 30 residents have become CPR certified and the number is growing. The next CPR training will be on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, with first aid training following from noon to 2 p.m., at lan Spa Studio B. Those taking the classes have given the following testimonials: The method that Shad uses to teach CPR is fun, informative and easy to retain. Very enjoyable! Sherry Danczyk. Working in the fitness industry, I have taken CPR every two years for over 30 years and I have to say that Shad is the best instructor Ive had. He makes learning the material fun, using humor to help you retain the information. Judy Helfin. My husband, Rick, and I thoroughly enjoyed the CPR class. The instructor was very humorous in his approach and reviewed the material throughout the course in an enjoyable way so that we could remember it. Angela Ellis. Fun, original, stress-free. The best class we have taken. Shad rocks! Peter Workman. We have been taking CPR classes every two years for almost 50 years and were very impressed with the class and felt this was by far one of the best CPR courses we have attended. CPR can be very intimidating and sometimes confusing. However, Shads great sense of humor and experiences as a paramedic made the course easier to remember. I would recommend and encourage everyone to take his class. They will be pleased they did. Sonia Workman. It is never too late learn something new and learning CPR or first aid can be the knowledge to help save a life. Remember to save the date Oct. 11 to learn something that can save a life. It will be worth your time! In Stone Creek, theyre learning to save lives Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi At left, practicing compressions. Above, instructor Shad Kirshenbaum. Instructor Shad Kirshenbaum demonstrates CPR techniques.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7 6 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ILN8 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000ITWC Judith Is Here 854-653 1 Walk-Ins W elcome 61 60 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Ja smine Plaza FOURTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE Come See Judith Pierro 000IMJX R&L Auto Detailing Call for Appt. 875-6484 6895 SW Hwy. 200 4 Miles West of I-75 ... because your car deserves better. Reg. $ 39 95 SUMMER SPECIAL: HAND WASH & WAX WORLD CLASS SERVICE SINCE Includes Windows, Vacuum Carpets, Wheel Treatment, Tire Shine & Door Jams FREE LOVEBUG REMOVAL! SUVs/PICKUPs $10 FAMILY FEATURES Here comes the sun and the fun of dining al fresco. When it comes to summer fare, familiar favorites are always welcome, such as burgers on the grill, sandwiches, salad, lemonade and dessert. But if the tried-and-true choices are getting a little too familiar, maybe they need a makeover. New al fresco favoritesThese deliciously doable ideas start with time-saving, quality prepared products, such as Aunt Nellies jarred vegetables and READ classic bean salads, that provide real homemade flavors. Heres how: Elevate burgers from basic to sensational with a dollop of Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon Jam, made with sweet-and-sour red cabbage, sauteed onions and smoky bacon. Need a new sandwich inspiration? Mediterranean Bean & Pita-Wiches are a combination of 3 or 4 bean salad, vegetables, olives and feta cheese stuffed into whole grain pita pockets.Trade the traditional greens or potato salad for Herbed Beet & Tomato Salad, an updated combo of colorful sweet-tangy pickled beets, gardenfresh yellow tomatoes and herb vinaigrette. Whats for dessert? Try Fudgy Beet Brownies, which are made with Harvard beets to keep them extra moist and yummy.Lemonade is always a welcome thirst quencher, especially if its pink. Heres the simple secret: Just stir pickled beet liquid into prepared lemonade its pink in a wink. Cheers to a new twist on favorite al fresco fare. For additional recipes and serving suggestions, visit www.auntnellies.com and www.readsalads.com. Mediterranean Bean & Pita-WichesPrep time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 1/2 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach 1/4 cup sliced celery 1/4 cup sliced pitted black or Kalamata olives 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or basil 6 whole grain pita pocket halves Dressing: 2 tablespoons reserved bean liquid 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 clove garlic, minced Black pepper, coarsely ground Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid. In large bowl, toss together bean salad and next six ingredients. For dressing, whisk ingredients together. Add dressing to bean mixture; toss. Fill pita pocket halves with bean mixture. Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon JamPrep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellies Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage 1/4 pound bacon (thick cut or regular) 1 large yellow onion (about 8 ounces) 2 tablespoons granulated or brown sugar 2 tablespoons white balsamic or white wine vinegar 1 tablespoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste) Green onion or parsley (optional) Drain cabbage; reserve liquid. Cut bacon into pieces (about 1/4 inch). Cook in large skillet over medium to medium-low heat until browned and crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate; reserve. Measure 2 table spoons drippings and return to skillet. Discard remaining drippings. Meanwhile,cutonionlengthwiseinquarters.Cut crosswiseintoverythinslices(about1/8inchthick). Heat bacon drippings over medium-low heat until hot. Add onion slices, reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes or until onions begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in sugar, vinegar, thyme, peppers, bacon and 1/2 cup reserved liquid. Add cabbage and continue cooking over medium-low to low heat 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and mix ture is very soft and thick, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onion or chopped parsley before serving, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature as topping for burgers or crostini, as sandwich spread, condiment for meats or tossed with pasta.Flavorful al fresco dining ideasFudgy Beet Brownies Mediterranean Bean & Pita-Wiches, Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon Jam, and Herbed Beet & Tomato Salad Pink Lemonade Pink LemonadeMakes: 2 quarts Add 2 to 4 tablespoons pickled beet liquid to 2 quarts prepared lemonade; stir. For deeper pink color add additional beet liquid.Herbed Beet & Tomato SaladPrep time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellies Sliced Pickled Beets 2 medium yellow tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil 1/4 cup white wine or rice vinegar 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, parsley, basil, oregano or chives) 1 clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper Drain beets well.* Cut beets in half. Cut tomato slices into quarters. Forvinaigrette,whisktogether oil, vinegar, herbs and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place tomatoes in large bowl. Toss with dressing. Gently toss in beets. Serve immediately or chill. *Reserve liquid for pink lemon ade, if desired.Fudgy Beet BrowniesPrep time: 15 minutes Cook time: Per package directions Servings: 24 brownies 1 jar (15.5 ounces) Aunt Nellies Harvard Beets, not drained 1 box dark or milk chocolate brownie mix (for 13-by-9-inch pan)* 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks Confectioners sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray bottom of 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place beets in blender or food processor. Puree until smooth; set aside. Combine brownie mix, oil, eggs and pureed beets in large mixing bowl; stir until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake as directed on package, checking after shortest recom mended baking time. Remove from oven; cool. Lightly dust with confectioners sugar, if desired. *Note: Packagesizesmayvary accord ing to brand. Stone Creek residents were given the opportunity to learn something new or to refresh what they knew about life saving procedures. Recently, Shad Kirshenbaum, who is a certified firefighter/paramedic since 1998, gave a class on CPR. Shad also has an AA and AS degree in EMS training. He is a certified First Aid, BLS CPR, ACLS, and PALS instructor. He has taught EMT and Paramedic classes at various colleges since 2005. Knowing CPR can mean the difference in ones life. It is important to know CPR because the minutes between a persons heart stopping and arrival of emergency personnel are crucial and being able to administer CPR during that time can be the difference between life and death of a loved one or friend. According to Spa Director, Judy Heflin, It is fantastic that so many Stone Creek residents recognize the importance of this skill and have taken advantage of the wonderful training we offer with Shad. More than 30 residents have become CPR certified and the number is growing. The next CPR training will be on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, with first aid training following from noon to 2 p.m., at lan Spa Studio B. Those taking the classes have given the following testimonials: The method that Shad uses to teach CPR is fun, informative and easy to retain. Very enjoyable! Sherry Danczyk. Working in the fitness industry, I have taken CPR every two years for over 30 years and I have to say that Shad is the best instructor Ive had. He makes learning the material fun, using humor to help you retain the information. Judy Helfin. My husband, Rick, and I thoroughly enjoyed the CPR class. The instructor was very humorous in his approach and reviewed the material throughout the course in an enjoyable way so that we could remember it. Angela Ellis. Fun, original, stress-free. The best class we have taken. Shad rocks! Peter Workman. We have been taking CPR classes every two years for almost 50 years and were very impressed with the class and felt this was by far one of the best CPR courses we have attended. CPR can be very intimidating and sometimes confusing. However, Shads great sense of humor and experiences as a paramedic made the course easier to remember. I would recommend and encourage everyone to take his class. They will be pleased they did. Sonia Workman. It is never too late learn something new and learning CPR or first aid can be the knowledge to help save a life. Remember to save the date Oct. 11 to learn something that can save a life. It will be worth your time! In Stone Creek, theyre learning to save lives Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi At left, practicing compressions. Above, instructor Shad Kirshenbaum. Instructor Shad Kirshenbaum demonstrates CPR techniques.

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More than 700 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Jim Mikula, administrator of Pacifica Senior Living Ocala, as he was honored as the 2014 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented to Mikula during FHCA's Annual Conference in Orlando, is the highest honor given to ALF administrators in Florida's long term care profession. Jim Mikula has worked in long term care facilities for more than 30 years. He is a role model for the culture change movement, a name commonly given to the national movement to transform older adult services so they are based on person-directed values and practices. Under his leadership, Pacifica Senior Living has instituted everything from consistent assignment to open dining schedules to resident choice for medication times. "FHCA is pleased to honor Jim Mikula with this prestigious award," said FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed. "He is a role model, a change agent and a relentless advocate for top quality care at the local and statewide levels. In so many ways, he truly embodies the best of our profession and is tremendously deserving of this award." The Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Administrator of the Year Award is given annually by Florida Health Care Association to an ALF administrator of an FHCA-member facility with demonstrated service to the Association, along with significant and measurable achievements in overall facility administration, workforce innovation, survey record and implementation of quality improvement programs. By creating an atmosphere where residents can live life to the fullest, Mikula has fostered greater success for Pacifica Senior Living Ocala. Occupancy has increased from 55 to 98 percent, staff turnover has been reduced by 75 percent, and for two years in a row the facility has been voted "Readers Choice" by the South Marion Citizen newspaper. His focus on quality care also led the facility to achieve the best ranking possible a deficiency-free survey reflecting a perfect score in the latest health care inspection conducted by the state Agency for Health Care Administration. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5 8 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Mon. 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In a recent case of animal cruelty charges, the outside temperature was 95 degrees and the dog had been in the vehicle for close to 45 minutes, according to a deputys report. While the owner had the windows rolled down half way, by then the temperature in the car would have been upwards of 130 degrees. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), animals can die from heatstroke in 15 minutes. Dogs are especially susceptible as they can only cool themselves by panting or sweating through their paws. Owners do have the right to travel with their pets but should take the necessary precautions so they do not need to leave them in a hot car without water for any longer than five minutes. The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the temperature inside a vehicle will rise 19 degrees in the first 10 minutes, regardless if the windows are rolled down. If you see a pet that has been left in the car for longer than 10 minutes, contact law enforcement immediately. Pet ownership is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Driving a pet around town while you perform errands is not a good time for the pet and could harm them. Think twice before making that choice, you are likely doing it for your own satisfaction and not the pets. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Children from Central America invade U.S. Really?BY HAROLD PEASE, PH. DSometimes the gullibility of Americans is beyond description. When the story broke last month that thousands of children, reportedly up from 6,000 in 2011 to 54,000 so far in 2014, have crossed killer deserts, cartel infested drug territories, and in most instances more than one country, I knew a con game was in the making. I could not get my kids, of which I had seven, to clean their bedrooms. Had my preteens been begged, beaten, or bribed with a million dollars to leave their home and walk to Guatemala it would have never happened. It is most unlikely that they would have known which direction to go and would have been lost three hours out. Nor would 99 percent of parents allow their children to do so. Most parents would run in front of a car to save their child, not hand them over to the dangers of hostile environments or potential sexual perverts to get them to America. This definitely did not and does not pass the smell test. There is much more to this story. There must exist massive organization and funding behind the scenes. Herding children is an abusive activity, ask any elementary school teacher, and drug cartels could not possibly be up to the task of changing diapers on the trail. Actually crossing the high border fences confronted with scary gun toting border guards and flashing twirling lights, without serious adult assistance is not kids play either. I was shocked at how many news organizations took this invasion at face value. There is an American organization or at least American money conspiring somewhere to bring this on in a deliberate attempt to weaken our southern border. It would not just happen naturally in a thousand years. It is not just that gangs roam the streets of Central America making kids want to run to America, nor is it likely that President Barack Obama alone convinced so many to flood our border, there is much more to this story. So newsmakers do not be so gullible, please get the story behind the story. I am not alone in my gut feelings that kids could not do this by themselves; the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers recently released a statement decrying this child invasion as a humanitarian crisis. They wrote: It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor Illegal Alien children at risk for purely political purposes. They then blamed the government for aiding and abating the crisis. Certainly, we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States Government. Moreover, they continued, Anyone that has taken two six to seven year old children to an amusement park can only imagine the problems associated with bringing Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Back in the days of merry old England, the mythical Robin Hood used to ride around trying to fix the wrongs of Prince Johns excessive taxes and land grabs. The story is based around his belief that hard-working people should be able to keep what they earn. The use of eminent domain has never been one of my favorite features of government in America. For those not familiar with the term, it means that government can take a persons property, giving them fair market value, when it would serve the common good. The usually involves the building of a road or highway or construction of a community center in an already populated neighborhood. Taking someones property, even though they are compensated, for the common good is something I would expect from dictatorships (although they usually dont compensate the invididuals). Thats why it was disappointing to see the actions of the County Commission on behalf of the Marion County School Board at a recent zoning meeting. The School Board, under the guise of planning for the future, found some land in Marion Oaks that it deemed fit for an elementary school and a middle school. But theres one problem. The land, composed of dozens of individual lots, is vacant, except for one parcel right in the middle. Nine years ago a retired couple moved to Marion Oaks and built a house on that tract of land. As one person put it at the meeting, they planned to live their golden years in that house, surrounded at the moment by nature but knowing that development could evenWill Robin Hood ride into Marion Oaks? Among Friends Jim Clark tually surround that lot. But along comes the School Board, requesting a special use permit to build an elementary school south of these folks and a middle school to their north. The Board says it will eventually either purchase that one tract or use eminent domain to grab it. A member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, who voted against the project, called it land banking. The county went along with the school plan, partially, by granting the special use permit for the elementary school site, and delaying action on the middle school site to allow the School Board to obtain the one parcel. What the county should have said was, Find another site. Were here to protect the little guy, not another government agency. Of course, that didnt happen. So even though the schools probably wouldnt be built for at least 10 years, the School Board can go ahead and try to get this parcel. The School Board is banking on the fact that Marion Oaks is going to grow to have a need for these schools. To be honest, Im not so sure of that. But that wont matter to these retirees, who may be forced out of their home if they dont Please see PEASE Page 10 Please see SHERIFF, Page 11 Please see CLARK, Page 11 Message from sheriffThis is Sheriff Chris Blair with an important message for all residents and businesses in Marion County. We have recently upgraded our CodeRED Emergency Notification System to include Weather Warning, an automatic severe weather notification service to alert citizens and businesses in the path of severe thunderstorms, flash floods and tornados. Citizens must register to receive these warnings by going to the Marion County Sheriffs website, at www.marifor 30-plus years. I began my career there and concluded my secondary educators time at the same school. When one has the best job possible, one would be foolish to leave that position so I stayed. I am so glad that I did because of the authentic friendships that I treasure even as much as 50 years later and 450 miles apart Now, many of my most treasured friends are former students from those years. I dont have many teacher friends on Facebook, but I have an astounding number of student friends. They help me every day because they are such generous, intelligent, and respected experts in their chosen careers. I now feel a bit like they are my teachers of their expertise, and I love that feeling. Consider using this time, as you read and look at the photos, to think about your many friends. Friends are huge blessings in our lives. The accompanying photos show some examples of Fairfield Village friendships amazing ones, actually From the lively place filled with lovely people why not phone a friend that you have not seen for some time and tell him/her just how much your friendship means. You and the friend(s) will be blessed. FAIRFIELDCONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 One of my best friends is my 21-year-old granddaughter, Emily Esposito. Now that she is an adult, the unconditional love is paired with genuine friendship and reciprocal respect. What a blessing! "He loves me; he loves me not." Or "she loves me; she loves not." Remember when we tore beautiful flowers apart one petal at a time to see if our new sweetheart really did care about us? Did the once beautiful petaled flower ever give us the answer we sought? Maybe; maybe not. Yorkiepoo, Lucy Lou, helps to set up a little surprise Mini-Birthday for one of her two family members. Pa ( Angelo Puglisi ) observed his belated birthday with some little gag gifts and a cute doggie birthday card from a couple of neighbors. Now 10 years old, Lucy Lou is Nancy and Angelo's special baby. What a loving member of the family she has always been to the FFV couple from New England -specifically Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The love of a faithful canine ... so devoted. An unexpected gift of beautiful flowers cut from a friend's garden and delivered "...for no special reason ... I just thought you would like them..." makes one feel so blessed. The multicolored natural bouquet is a truly lovely gesture of a unique friendship that makes a dreary Friday afternoon seem like glorious Sunday morning. Thank you, F.G. What more love and friendship could one want than a happy little puppy anticipating a walk or a ride in the golf cart? He knows to get his lead and then it's off for fun with human and canine friends! I adore my Baby Bear! He is the epitome of unconditional love in my life for the past 17 months. Much more fun and less expense than a psychiatrist or therapist, right? Quiet Oaks administrator honored Read the classifieds

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Saturday, Aug. 2 Yoga in Sholom ParkCome and enjoy the Peace Park with a beautiful yoga class at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. For more information, call Ingrid at 352-854-7950.Chess club to meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 873-2276.Thursday, Aug. 7 WOW Singles to meetWOW Singles will meet at the following locations. There are no dues. Please call after 10 a.m.: 861-9487 or 237-5842. Thursday, Aug. 7, 12:30 p.m., Ruby Tuesday, 3500 College Road. Thursday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m., The Mojo Grill, 2013 SW 17th St., in front of Target.Clothing for families in needThe Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will be giving out free new and gently used childrens clothing to families in need at their annual Clothe the Children drive on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church pavilion, 7525 U.S. Hwy. 41 in Dunnellon. For more information, call 489-5954.Saturday, Aug. 9 School open house at HopeHope Evangelical Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Back-to-School Open House on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. School children and their parents are encouraged to drop by for hot dogs, soft drinks, etc. Some free school supplies will be available. Call 4895511 for more information. Book sale for animal food bankA book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at Winn-Dixie, 8445 SW Highway 200, Ocala. They are not accepting books until fall. Bring your aluminum cans. For information, call 352-291-1962.Sunday, Aug. 10 German Americans plan celebrationThe German American Club of Marion County will hold an anniversary dinner/dance on Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and includes pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Joan & Jess. Semi-formal attire is requested. Tickets are $16 per member or $20 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.Lola and the Saints in benefit concertThe TLC Time Capsule is set to transport you and your friends back in time to the golden era of the 50s and 60s. Lola and the Saints will perform a concert at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, 3733 Southwest 80th Avenue, Ocala, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.tlcocala.org under the Donate button. Proceeds from this concert will support the programs and dream of Transitions Life Center to benefit adults with special needs who have aged out of the ESE programs within the public school system. Please contact Ginger Broslat at 352-861-0252 or ginger@tlcocala.org.Free Living Healthy workshopDo you want to take control of your chronic illness? This workshop series takes place once a week, for two and a half hours, for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Created by Stanford University, the seminars cover the following: 1) techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, and 6) how to evaluate new treatments. Class size is limited to 16 people. The first class is 9:30-noon on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The class takes place at the Ocala Health Senior Wellness Community Center (9850 SW 84th Court Suite 500, Ocala). To enroll in this class and begin improving your quality of life, call 1800-530-1188. Saturday, Aug. 16 Tribute Quartet appearsNationally known Tribute Quartet is one of the countrys most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of gospel music. Their vision is to preserve the heritage and promote the future of Southern Gospel Music. Accumulated honors include radio hits and awards such as Group of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the year. This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. It beings at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR200), Ocala. For information, 352-861-6182, or www.ccomc.org.Monday, Aug. 18 Unarmed Security Officer courseThe College of Central Florida Criminal Justice Institute is accepting enrollment for its Class D Unarmed Security Officer course. The state-approved course meets the 40-hour education requirement for unarmed security officers. The class will meet from 6-10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 29, in Building 31 at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The fee is $140 and includes all training material. All class time must be attended. Registration will be accepted until the first day of class or all seats have been filled. For more information or to register, contact Pat Kalfs at 352-873-5838, ext.1569, or James Charles at ext. 1431. To learn more about CF, visit CF.edu.Wednesday, Aug. 20 Womans Club membership driveThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will hold a fall Membership Social and Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. All club members are invited and welcome to bring friends and prospective members to the event. The Liitle Women Juniorettes of Ocala will be participating also. Both clubs are members of the General Federation of Womens Clubs headquartered in Washington, D. C. The GFWC is an international organization whose members are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. All women in the area are welcome. For further information, contact President Patti Stewart at 351-2708 or Frances Kolonia at 629-7397. Tuesday, Sept. 23 Candidates invited to forumThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will conduct a Candidates Forum for candidates in the November elections on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Meeting Room C from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Evelyn B. Kelly will serve as moderator. Candidates for the Marion County Commission, the Marion County School Board, and the Florida House of Representatives are invited to participate. For further information contact Frances at 352-629-7397 or email: ocaladowns@yahoo.com. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8 4 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000IU4Y Experience: Financial background & construction process www.votejanemoerlieforschoolboard.com (352) 216-8865 | jane.moerlie@gmail.com Primary Election: August 26, 2014 Early Voting: August 16-23, 2014 000IHUS 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, RectorServices: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary 352-351-9727 www.ctkaocala.orgAnglican Church 000I9PL is discovered through worshiping together 711187 The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATIONOffice (352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 489-6593 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 EditorJim Clark 390-6444 Circulation Barbara Jaggers 854-3986 Inside Sales/Office Coord. -Michel Northsea 854-3986 Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean 352-564-2957 Advertising Sales Paige Lefkowitz 352-564-2902 Manager John Murphy 352-563-6363 Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger.Call editor Jim Clark at 352-390-6444 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Thursday the week before publication. Mail and photos must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday A RIES (March 21 to April 19) Technology snafus tax your patience. But before you throw that computer or other bulky hardware into the trash, take a deep breath and call someone knowledgeable for help. TAU R US (April 20 to May 20) Dont be too upset if your generosity goes unappreciated. These things happen, and rather than brood over it, move on. A new friend could open up some exciting new possibilities. G EMINI (May 21 to June 20) A loved one helps you get through an especially difficult emotional situation. Spend the weekend immersed in the body and soul restorative powers of music and the other arts. CA NC ER (June 21 to July 22) You are pretty much in charge of what you want to do this week. However, it might be a good idea to keep an open mind regarding suggestions from people you know you can trust. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Another chance to shine (something always dear to the Lions heart) might be resented by others. But you earned it, so enjoy it. The weekend brings news about a family member. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A suggestion that never took off could become viable again. Dust it off, update if needed, and resubmit it. In your personal life, a new relationship takes an interesting turn. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Confronting a new challenge to your stated position could work to your advantage by settling all doubts once youre able to present a solid defense backed up by equally solid facts. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You enjoy doing nice things for others. But this is a good time to do something nice for yourself as well. You might want to start by planning a super-special getaway weekend. SAGI TTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Some changes you feel you need to make might be reasonable and appropriate. But others might lead to problems. Think things through carefully before you act. CAP RICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Good instincts usually keep the surefooted Goat on the right path. What others might see as stubbornness on your part, in fact reflects your good sense of what is worth supporting. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) A period of introspection could lead to some surprising conclusions and also equally surprising changes involving a number of your positions on many issues. PI SCE S (Feb. 19 to March 20) The financially practical Pisces might want to take a sensible approach to spending as well as investing. Being prudent now pays off later. Happenings Open house week at The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa Were excited to invite you for a week of fun at The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa Open House running now through Saturday, Aug. 2. The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa has completed a significant expansion project which yielded additional fitness rooms, expanded locker rooms and much more to the facility. With the additional space you can take advantage of an extended group fitness menu or work out on our spacious fitness floor with upgraded equipment. Plus, the re-designed salon space and treatment areas will provide you with the ultimate lavish spa experience that you deserve. Now is the time to check out Ocalas Ultimate Fitness Center and Spa and see all the great new improvements the facility has to offer. The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa open house is free and open to the public. Come and see the facilitys additional fitness rooms, expanded locker rooms and more service stations in the spa and salon. The Ranch is open daily and is a full service fitness facility, salon and spa located at 8385 SW 80th St., Ocala, near the OTOW Cultural Center. For more information on activities and fitness membership, visit our web site at www.TheRanchFitnessSpa.com or call (352) 861-8180.

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thousands of unaccompanied children that age up through Mexico and into the United States. They doubted that, even the Cartels would undertake that chore at any price (Former Border Patrol Agents: Illegal Immigration Crisis Contrived, The New American, July 7, 2014, p. 7). No, there has to be collusion between at least the Mexican and American governments, they reasoned. This operation is way too big for children to plan and execute and the establishment media should be all over those who are. Lets begin with, most come from El Salvador and Honduras. Their migration to the United States would require their exiting their countries border and entering and exiting both Guatemala and Mexico before entering the United Statespotentially six check points. When a child appears without an escort adults notice and everyone teams up to return him to his place. Why did not the governments of these countries stop, detain, and return these children long before they got to this country? There has to exist organized collusion on the part of these governmentsthey do not just allow anyone to cross their borders. The nightly news now speaks of children who died making the 1500mile excursion or failed in their effort to cross the Rio Grande River. Our hearts are heavy. This is mega child abuse, as is gang child rape along the way, and American perpetrators should be flushed out, convicted, and serve prison time. Those who surrender to border patrol agents speak of the belief spread in their countries that America welcomes children. Congress must have hearings on this most unlikely child invasion of the United States. Americans who may have intentionally perpetrated this falsehood, with the intent to weaken border security, should also be identified and prosecuted. Then too, those holding high office found to have intentionally encouraged this myth by not enforcing existing law must be turned out of office even if it is a president of the United States.Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit www.LibertyUnderFire.o rg. handheld, tablet, or tower computer, but does not include cellphones, video game consoles, digital media receivers, or devices that are not primarily designed to process data. The term related accessories includes keyboards, mice, personal digital assistants, monitors (except those with TV tuners), modems, routers, and nonrecreational software. Clothing and shoes up to $100 will be tax exempt, along with school supplies up to $15. That includes pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue or paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators. According to the National Retail Federations 2014 Back-to-School Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from $634.78 last year. A study by The Washington Economics Group (WEG) that examined the impact of the back-toschool sales tax holiday confirmed that increased spending during the three-day period in 2010 generated $115 million more in taxable sales, and $293 million more in overall sales. That generated an additional $7 million in revenue to the state of Florida. The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Floridas government each year. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3 10 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ISAK AIR CONDITIONING 352-208-4641 Locally Owned & Operated License # CAC1816140 WILSON AIR SERVICE Tune Up Special We Service All Brands Repairs Replacement Free Second Opinions 24-HR. 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However, Stan McClain said Theres a real need here, and said it was not land banking. Kathy Bryant commented, Growth is going to come to that area we have to plan. Finally the commissioners agreed on a special use permit south of the ODonnell property, which would allow construction on an elementary school to begin any time, but said that north of that home could only begin if the School Board acquires the property, whether by purchase or eminent domain. SCHOOLSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 PEASECONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Ithink I am in a rut. No matter how hard I work, I do not seem to be getting any further along in life. Could it be that somewhere in my past, I peaked and did not realize it? If so, I wish I knew about it so at least I could have the consolation that I have peaked. This week I celebrate another birthday. This is a rut I am talking about. After all, I celebrate my birthday every year on the same day. The only reason I celebrate it on that day is because my mother said that was the day I was born. What if she lied about my birthday? After all, there is that issue with Santa Claus! I cannot prove one way or the other that I was born on a particular day because knowing what I do know now it is very easy to manipulate paperwork and birth certificates. It might be old age, but I just do not trust anybody about anything these days. I do not even trust myself. In the early days of my life, my parents told a few things that have proven not exactly true. I would not say they were lying to me they were just protecting me from the gruesomeness of truth. I mentioned Santa Claus. The thing that irks me about Santa Claus is that now that I am older and have children and grandchildren I am supposed to be Santa Claus. Who in the world made up that rule? Then there is the whole issue about the tooth fairy. It took me a long time to figure out that the tooth fairy did not really exist. Several times I extracted teeth ahead of time in order to get some cash from the tooth fairy. I frequently questioned why the tooth fairy was so stingy with his giving until I figured out that the tooth fairy was none other than my father, known for his closed cash policy. Growing up in Pennsylvania one of the big factors had to do with Punxsutawney Phil. It took me a long time to figure out that that little rodent was not who my parents said he was. If he was who they said he was, he sure was not very good at predicting the future. A lot of things my parents told me turned out not to be true, so why should I put a lot of stock in believing that my birthday is the exact day I was born? According to them, I get to celebrate my birthday one day out of the year and a specific day that I believe they picked out. Now what I want to know is, why can I pick my own birthday? After all, it is MY birthday! While I am on that subject, why cant I celebrate my birthday whenever I want to, why cant I celebrate my birthday every month? After all, nobody gets tired of eating birthday cake. Now that I am older (I am not quite sure how old I really am because I am not sure my parents were exactly forthcoming in telling me the year I was born) what am I supposed to do? Personally, I would like to establish a set of rules associated with my birthday. I do not care what other people do about their birthday, it is my birthday and I should be able to set the rules. I think the first rule I would establish is, there should be no surprise birthday parties. If it is my birthday, I know when it is. If it is my birthday, I should be in charge of planning the party. After all, I know what I would like. Who in the world started putting birthday candles on a birthday cake. I have been to several birthday parties and watched the birthday boy blow out those candles. After seeing him blow out those candles, I had no desire to eat the cake subjected to his spitladen breath. After all, germs and I are not amigos. Do not let this get around, but when there are candles on my birthday cake, I make sure my tongue is well lubricated before I start blowing out those candles. After all, I love to share. Another rule I would like to put in place has to do with birthday presents. It seems quite hypocritical for somebody to go out and buy a birthday present, wrap it up in fancy birthday wrapping paper and then bring it to me so that I can unwrap that paper to get to the birthday present. If I am going to have birthday presents I think I should be the one to buy those presents. Everybody who wants me to celebrate my birthday could slip me a fiver and let me go out and buy what I really want. Nobody knows what I want better than I do. Finally, I think if it is my birthday and I am celebrating it, I should get to pick what year I am celebrating. Good old King Solomon had it right when he wrote, The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head (Proverbs 20:29). You are only young once but you can be old for a very long time. I am learning to live with it.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net or website www.jamessnyderministries.com. Now Im a year older, but not that much smarter Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder Have A Heart for Companion Animals, Inc. is bringing its Johnny Mello Singers to the Spruce Creek Pasta-Fest on Sunday, Aug. 10. The event will be held in the Spruce Creek Community Center, SE 176th Street off U.S. Highway 441 in Summerfield. The doors will open for dinner at 5 p.m. Showtime is 68 p.m. Performers include: Johnny Mello, Sultry Lady, Doo Wop Mama, David Max Baldwin, T-Man, Eulakay Green, and Uncle Pepe all local recording artists. The fundraiser will involve seven singers in a two-hour performance preceded by a delicious Italian meal pasta, signature sauce and salad provided by Past-Faire Restaurant; meatballs, sponsored by Audibel Hearing Centers and bread, tea and lemonade and all the trimmings provided by the Spruce Creek Social Club. The event is also a BYOB for those who desire different beverages. The Johnny Mello singers will provide the entertainment in a fast paced Doo Wop, Country and Rock N Roll Show and Dance. There will also be door prizes, a 50/50 cash drawing, line dancing and more. Tickets are $15 per person or 2 fro $25. They can be obtained online at www.haveaheart.us, all Audibel Hearing Centers and The Rainbow Bible and Book Store in Belleview or by calling Have A Heart for Companion Animals Inc. at 352-687-1776. Net Proceeds benefit Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc. (a 501 c-3 not for profit animal concern organization). Ticket holders are encouraged to bring a bag of dry dog or cat food as a donation for local rescue groups. The Pasta-Fest Fundraiser is sponsored by the Spruce Creek Social Club, Pasta-Faire Restaurant, Marinelli Marketing Services and Audibel Hearing Centers. For further information, tickets or directions, call John Marinelli at 352-6871776 Event set to benefit companion animals Are you enjoying this summer? It seems strange not to be planning community activities for August. However, it is nice to have a break. The social committee works very hard planning interesting activities for us this is all provided by volunteers! If you would like to be a part of this group, we would love to have you. The next social committee meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. Dont forget the invitation from Barbara Fife to attend the reception on Friday, Aug. 8, between 5 and 7 p.m. at Gallery East in the Almeida Plaza on Highway 441 in Belleview. Barbara is the Guest Artist exhibiting at Gallery East Aug. 1 to Aug. 31. She will have about 20 of her watercolors in this show. Lets support Barbara and make an effort to attend this reception. Ladies come one, come all! The August Ladies Luncheon is on Friday, the 8th, at Blancas Caf located in Ocala Palms. Please call Maryanne Ellner for reservations. Ladies, how would you like to take part in a Four Seasons Fall & Holiday exchange? Plans are in the works for this event. It will take place at the clubhouse on Sept. 27. Proceeds from this event will benefit Hospice. Watch for more information in the QM Reporter and this article. Have you received a call from the Marion County Sheriffs office about the CodeRed alert program? You can go on line at marionso.com, select CodeRed to register. Once you are registered you will automatically be notified of any weather alerts for our area. Did you know that the Greyhound Bus Company got its start 100 years ago? It got its beginning on May 21, 1914, when a single Hupmobile automobile transported iron miners from Hibbing, Minnesota to Alice, Minnesota. The cost for the round-trip was 25 cents! Have any of you ever heard of the Hupmobile? I have a picture of my Dad with his. I wonder what transportation will be like in another hundred years. Remember, if you need to cool off, the pool at the clubhouse is waiting for you. Invitation to Gallary East for reception this Friday Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Medicare celebrates 49 years BY DOUG HEINLEN This month marks Medicares anniversary, and for more than 50 million beneficiaries nationwide, that truly is something to celebrate. Medicare turns 49 on July 30, and like many Americans 50+, an AARP membership card is waiting in the mailbox. At any age, change is constant and this applies to Medicare, too. AARPs Health Law Guide can help you stay on top of the most recent changes to your Medicare benefits. The guide can also create a personalized report that can help you determine how any possible changes may affect you and your family. If youre uninsured, your report will identify coverage you may be eligible to receive. Visit www.aarp.org/healthlawguide for your full personalized report. In the meantime, here are some Medicare facts to celebrate: 1.Medicare covers most health costs after 65, but it doesnt cover everything. Its always a good idea to consider what additional coverage you may need. One point of uncertainty is worth clearing up: Nothing in the Affordable Care Act requires Floridians covered by Medicare to purchase additional health insurance. Medicare coverage meets the legal requirement that most Americans have health insurance. 2.If you reach the Medicare Part D doughnut hole the threshold at which you are responsible for a higher portion of your drug costsyou get a 52.5 percent discount on brand name drugs, and a 28 percent discount on generic drugs. With time the discounts will increase as the doughnut hole disappears in six years. 3.Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to free preventative care services such as mammograms, flu shots, screens for cancer and diabetes, as well as annual wellness visits. 4.Floridians 65+ are able to use supplemental plans, often termed Medigap plans, to cover difference between what Medicare pays and what their actual medical expenses may be. Medigap may also be used to cover annual co-pays and deductibles. You also have another alternative so-called all in one or Medicare Advantage plans provided by private insurers. Investigate which alternative makes sense for you. But remember inexpensive insurance can be no bargain if it fails to protect you against very high health costs. 5.Under the health care law, Medicare beneficiaries have more protection against fraud and scams. The law strengthens Medicare by adding more resources to catch those who fraudulently bill Medicare. For more information about Medicare or to find out how Medicare can best serve you, visit www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insuranceDoug Heinlen is AARP Floridas volunteer state president. The shelter cats at Marion County Animal Services announce that the special $5 cat adoption fee is now extended through Aug. 2. Because the Animal Center was closed for its three-day pre-scheduled quarterly cleaning and maintenance in late July, department leadership wanted to give residents a few more days to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Summer and bring home a feline friend for a reduced adoption fee. The $5 adoption fee includes the cats spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccine, county license and microchip, in addition to lifelong friendship. The Animal Center at 5701 SE 66th St. is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., but residents can view adoptable pets online anytime at www.MarionCountyFL.org/animal. For more information on MCAS Adopt a Shelter Cat Summer, call 352671-8700 or email animalservices@marioncountyfl.org. Animal Services encourages residents to spay and neuter their cats and dogs to help reduce pet overpopulation and ensure more shelter animals can find homes. Residents can visit www.MarionCountyFL.org/animal for information on Animal Services Neuter Commuter program and other local pet sterilization resources. You can adopt a cat for only $5

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11 2 W ednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 16 Channel Water Resistant Digital Reprogrammable Wireless 5 Programs It Has Tinnitus Therapy Built In 2-Year Full Warranty Advanced Whistling Cancellations (No one will be able to hear your hearing aid whistle) $99500eachManufacturer price regularly $1995 This event includes : 30-Day Trial Free Hearing Test Free Video Ear Inspection Free In-Office DemonstrationAre you ready for a new era of hearing?SIEMENSIntroducing the new Orion Platform, with a screaming fast processor, forty processing channels, new compression architecture and a frequency response out to 10 kHz. OCALA EAST 352-861-22753405 SW COLLEGE RD, STE 207Colours Plaza, next to Red LobsterOCALA WEST 352-671-299911250 SW 93RD CT. RD.Next to ChilisCRYSTAL RIVER 352-794-61551122 N. 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Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! Todays New Ads GUN & KNIFE SHOWBROOKSVILLE HSC CLUBSat. Aug. 9th 9a-5p Sun. Aug. 10th 9a-4p HERNANDO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Admission $6.00 (352) 799-3605 BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 GUN & KNIFE SHOWBROOKSVILLE HSC CLUBSat. Aug. 9th 9a-5p Sun. 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ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! willingly sell their dream house of the future. This is not the way for county commissioners or School Board members to make friends, which is surprising with elections just around the bend. You might ask, Why should I care? I live miles away from there. Well, if the county decides to build a road in your area, or build a school right near your property, it could happen to you. So yes, you should care. So well have to wait and see what happens. Meanwhile, maybe at one of these county or school meetings, Robin Hood will come riding up to protect the little guy. If you know the story, you know what happened to Prince John at the end (he was banished from England). Could that result happen here in Marion County?Jim Clrk is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARKCONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 onso.com, clicking on the CodeRED logo then entering their contact information. At sign up, you may select which types of warnings youd like to receive. Entering your information will also update our Emergency Notification System with your current contact details. There is no charge to register for this service and you can enter more than one phone number. If you know of anyone who did not receive this call who lives in Marion County, please encourage them to visit our website and get signed up. Should you not have Internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help add your contact information to our system. Sheriff Chris Blair Marion County SHERIFFCONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 This weeks puzzle answers Look up the meaning of friend in a good dictionary and you might see something with which you can identify. If you can, then you are a very blessed individual. I worked so many hours per week for so many years that I did not have the time to put into developing friendships. I had critical issues to deal with and that was my focus. Now that I am retired, (does that mean tired again?) I have found that I do have many more friends than I ever imagined. Having friends does require being a friend to others and sometimes that is difficult to do for myriad reasons. I love doing things to make others happy, but often I get burned out being a friend when there is little reciprocity. Almost like the so-called friend is saying, Well, you enjoy doing things for others, dont you? What would you want or need in return? Get over it! I have come to the conclusion that there are plenty of really friendly people for whom I can be a friend and do things for them without worrying about carrying the load for those who are the good time friends. That being said (and perhaps misinterpreted or misunderstood by some readers) I found friends coming to my assistance this past week, and I was amazed at how good that felt. Being a single lady (equal emphasis on both words) can be quite lonely at times. My first indoor canine friend, Baby Bear, has filled a huge void in my life so have friends here in the FFV community. My professional educators life came to a conclusion in February of 1996. I am still amazed that it has been over 18 years, when it seems like just yesterday that I walked out the double doors of Model High School in Rome, Georgia, after having taught and coached there Friendship in Fairfield Good friends, Pam Bruno, left, and Nancy Puglisi chat as they see each other on SW 60th Place late on Friday afternoon. Regardless of how often friends have a chance to talk, it seems almost like it was just yesterday when busy friends do get a chance to "catch up." Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 5

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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Stone Creek........6 Quail Meadow....10 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 24 WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000IW20 Floridas Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is bigger and better this year, and the Florida Retail Federation is working to educate consumers about some important changes in tax-exempt items. The Sales Tax Holiday is this coming weekend, Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3. This year, the sales tax exemption for clothing items has been increased to $100 or less per item (up from $75 or less per item in 2013). In addition, the sales tax exemption for personal computers and certain computer-related accessories will be on the first $750 of the sales price. Retailers say that will expand the list of tax-exempt items, and they expect an average increase of at least 30 percent in store traffic over the weekend because of the sales tax holiday. (Download the FRF's one-page flier here.) FRF President and CEO Rick McAllister said that Floridas strong job numbers are a good predictor of continuing growth in retail sales. Florida created 36,900 private-sector jobs in June 2014, and the statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 is 6.2 percent, down 1.2 percentage points from the June 2013 rate of 7.4 percent. Retailers are reporting a strong trend of sales growth of between 4 and 5 percent statewide, and we expect spending to remain strong through the crucial month of August, McAllister said. Floridas economy is humming along at a nice pace, and we are very pleased to see consumer spending warming up. Consumer spending is at least 70 percent of the economy, so when retailers are doing well it usually means everyone else is doing well. In all, Florida residents are expected to save at least $40 million over the three-day holiday, which was passed unanimously by the 2014 Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. Combined spending for back to school and college is expected to reach about $5 billion in Florida, and tax-exempt sales will account for an estimated $600 million of that spending. During the tax holiday weekend, there will be no state or local sales taxes due on the first $750 of the sales price of personal computers and related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. The term personal computer includes any electronic book reader, laptop, desktop, Sales tax holiday scheduled for this weekend Please see HOLIDAY, Page 3 The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering special backto-school immunization clinics in August to help students get ready for school. Vaccines provide the best defense to protect you and your family from the spread of infectious diseases, said Jan Stepp, Immunization Clinic supervisor for the Florida Department of Health in Marion County. We want to give parents every opportunity to get their kids ready for the school year by taking advantage of our immunization services before school starts. The Department will offer free school vaccinations at the Marion County Childrens Alliance Back-to-School Bash. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW 4th Street, Ocala. In addition to school immunizations, the event includes fun and games, food, and free backpacks for school. For information on the Back to School Bash, call 352-438-5990. The Department of Health has scheduled special back-to-school immunization clinics 8 a.m. p.m. Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18 at the Departments Ocala facility, 1801 SE 32nd Ave. No appointment is needed, and the immunizations are free for those ages 18 and younger. Parents should bring their childs immunization records if they have them. New health requirements mean that children may need an additional polio vaccination before they can enter kindergarten. Children entering seventh grade require the Tdaptetanus diphtheria and acellular pertussis booster vaccine. Vaccination requirements include: Kindergarten through sixth grade: two doses of the varicella vaccine. Grades seven through 12: one dose of the varicella vaccine. Grades seven through 12: the Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) vaccine. Students entering a Florida school for the first time should have two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. For information on immunizations, call the Department at 352-629-0137, ext. 2017. Hey, kids! Time for your shots Have it your way on West 40 PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKA ribbon-cutting took place recently at the new Burger King on West State Road 40, a few blocks west of Interstate 75. Doing the cutting is Kevin Camp, franchisee along with Mac Fore, Merritt Fore III and Kristen Clifford. At left, Dawn Bowman of the Chamber and Economic Partnership, wearing a Burger King crown, checks off Ambassadors who attended, while at the right Kevin Camp is shown with, from the left, his daughters Kayla, Colbie and Callen, and his wife Kimber. BY JIM CLARK EditorThe Marion County School Board got part of what it wanted recently as it makes plans for an elementary and middle school in the distant future, but will have to acquire property that will be surrounded by the schools. The School Board wants to get a special use permit for both schools on the land in Marion Oaks. All the land is vacant except for one parcel, owned by the ODonnell family, which is squarely in the center of the land for the two schools. David Herlihy, representing the School Board, made the plea at the County Commissions zoning hearing on July 15, said the schools may be needed in 10 years and the board was trying to get ahead of the game by having sites picked out and zoned properly. Terry Thompson of the Planning and Zoning Commission, who said he was in the minority when the P&Z approved the request, talked about the one home in the middle of the parcels, with all the surrounding areas currently zoned residential. He said the ODonnells bought their house about nine years ago, and expected to be surrounded by other houses. Currently, the property sits in the undeveloped area with scenic woods all around. He accused the School Board of land Schools want land that surrounds couples retirement home Please see SCHOOLS, Page 3 For 27 years the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. It is time now to welcome new conductor, Joshua Head, to lead the group in its musical endeavors. Known for his joyful spirit, Joshua Head has swiftly become a dynamic young musician in Marion County. He moved to Ocala with his wife Sophia in 2012 and has endeavored to be a catalyst for beautiful music in Central Florida. Joshua is the Worship Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church and music teacher at Ambleside School of Ocala since 2012. He is passionate about sharing great music with the next generation, teaching composer study courses at Ambleside School and instructing a voice, trumpet, piano, and guitar studio of over 20 youth and teens. He studied vocal performance at Liberty University from 2008-2012, receiving voice instruction from Dr. Wayne Kompelien and studying choral conducting with Dr. John Hugo. Joshua sang with the Liberty University Chamber Singers for four years performing the masterworks of four centuries. He has performed with the Roanoke Symphony Chorus, Roanoke Opera, and the East Carolina University Symposium Choir. During the 2009-2011 seasons, he held major roles in operas such as The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Joshua has developed Ambleside Schools four choirs with year-round performances and conducts an annual Concert Series at Grace Church. Most recently, he was the bass soloist with the Marion Civic Chorale in Mozarts Coronation Mass. Joshua lives in Ocala, with his wife Sophia and their joy-filled daughter, River. Marion Civic Chorale introduces new conductor PHOTOBY FRANK BODOR Former conductor Matthew Bumbach passes the baton to new conductor Joshua Head Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com